Re: Theos-World Opportunities Now
Mar 10, 2006 07:22 PM
by Cass Silva
Footnote-Fountain Source of Occultism on pledge fever and the probationary path.
Everything is karmic. Whatever happens is the resultant of the many karmic energies working to find expression in a life, the strongest of these coming into manifestation first, while the less strong are not turned aside but are dammed back, to await their turn. In certain very unusual circumstances it is possible for an adept or teacher with the full consent of his pupil to prevent the appearance of the strongest karmic energy first, or so to smooth its action that other karmic energies or elements can appear almost simultaneously. These rare instances are always for the benefit either of the pupil or for some great and impersonal work for humanity, and can take place only in circumstances or conditions which are actually within what may be called a higher karma of the one so submitting himself to the destiny thus modified. But even here the karma so affected will find its expression just the same, and with its precisely normal condition of power and with precisely normal
results. Subsidiary Papars, October 1895.
So who is to say that HPB wasn't also dealing with karmic energies working through the personality while at the same time working for "some great and impersonal work for humanity"
carlosaveline cardoso aveline <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
TESTS, PROBATION AND ACTUAL LEARNING
To an ordinary observer, present controversies at “Theos-talk” might look
like a chaos. To the student of Esoteric Philosophy, there is a higher or
inner order in this apparent dis-order.
Actually, there is nothing wrong in the fact that difficulties and
Some people see the spiritual path as a way of obtaining peace and comfort
at the personal level. In their deeds, if not in words, they try to reject
all “probations” and tests. They fear pain. They attach themselves to
When these people learn about H.P.B.’s struggle against theological
dogmatism and other forms of collective ignorance and hypocrisy, they feel
that the main teacher of the esoteric philosophy was excessively polemist.
They think that H.P.B. had a temper and that she was less peaceful than she
should have been.
Thinking like this may help us disguise our own tamasic love for routine and
ommision. Those who challenge collective ignorance are fiercely attacked in
various ways – so it is convenient for us to have some handy explanations
and excuses as to why we do not try to follow the example and the vibration
pattern of Initiates.
Ill-informed people believe that HPB challenged the dogmas of her time
because she was anxious, neurotic – or perhaps because she had ‘a missing
principle’ in her inner consciousness. The matter of the fact is that she
was setting an example for future generations of truth-seekers to follow.
She couldn’t avoid challenging the dogmas of her time because she was a
great soul. The same happened to many Messengers, great and small, since
Pythagoras, Buddha and Lao-tzu. Messengers don’t care about established
dogmas or personal well-being. Seen as an example of an vibration pattern,
H.P.B.’s life and suffering contain an inspiring example for us in the 21st
She was a willing instrument to open a new road and to establish a better
pattern. More than one century after she left her body in 1891, her life
is still a living metaphor illustrating the path which we might take
courage to tread one of these days. The inner aspect of the progress along
this road is radiant with eternal bliss – while, at the outer level, the
learner’s personality undergoes a painful psychological and alchemical
One Mahatma described this process in a letter to a lay chela:
“You were told (...) that the path to Occult Sciences has to be trodden
laboriously and crossed at the danger of life; that every new step in it
leading to the final goal, is surrounded by pit-falls and cruel thorns; that
the pilgrim who ventures upon it is made first to confront and conquer the
thousand and one furies (1) who keep watch over its adamantine (2) gates
and entrance – furies called Doubt, Skepticism, Scorn, Ridicule, Envy and
finally Temptation – especially the latter; and that he, who would see
beyond had to first destroy this living wall; that he must be possessed of a
heart and soul clad in steel, and of an iron, never failing determination
and yet be meek and gentle, humble and have shut out from his heart every
human passion, that leads to evil.”(3)
What about “Theos-talk” as a probationary field of search for truth?
Contradictions here are evidences that it is alive.
Right now, an apparent “fever” of messages and controversy precipitates
some materials and destroys others, in several levels of consciousness, and
with several kinds of magnetism.
New learning opportunities may be emerging from under the surface of such
“Opportunities are everywhere”, indeed.
Peace to all beings, and best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
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(1) Furies: in classical Mythology, feminine deities who punished crimes,
prompted by the victims, and who took revenge on behalf of the gods.
(2) Adamantine: like a diamond; impenetrably hard; utterly and unyieldingly
(3) “The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett”, Theosophical University Press,
Pasadena, California, 1992, Letter LXII, pp. 351-352.
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